Smithville to host Jasper Fun Fair June 3rd, citywide project now past half-way point in development

JASPER (Indiana) – Smithville Fiber will host the Jasper Fun Fair at the Jasper Middle School Saturday, June 3. The afternoon event will offer Jasper residents the opportunity to enjoy an afternoon of fun events (bouncy house, face painting, basketball shoots, door prizes and goodie bags) and free food (hot dogs, drinks and ice cream) while having an opportunity to learn more about the Smithville Fiber GigaCity project.

“Now that we’ve reached year three of a five-year project, it’s important that Jasper residents have an opportunity to find out just how high-tech gigabit-level fiber can positively simplify lives and transform their homes and businesses,” said John Patten, president of Smithville. “It’s even better when everyone can do this in an atmosphere of fun on a Saturday afternoon.”

Patten explained that the first year of the project, which will turn Jasper into Indiana’s first true fiber-based GigaCity, was taken up with engineering, planning and development. Smithville began building its Jasper fiber network in earnest at the beginning of the second year of the project, and promptly encountered construction challenges that included areas that were more rocky and difficult to build in. Despite those challenges, Smithville was able to build out and light up three designated neighborhoods in Jasper during that second year.

As the project has moved into year three, construction has intensified. To date a total of seven “fiberhoods” have been built out and more than 1,500 homes can now receive Smithville’s high-speed fiber in the new areas. The total project has been divided into just over 30 fiberhoods, a third of which are already completed or presently under construction.

“As our fiber services actually become more available in Jasper, we think it’s important that residents know why fiber internet is important to the city and to them,” said Melissa Wright, Project Manager for the Smithville Fiber GigaCity project. “Our Jasper Fun Fair will give Jasper families a chance to find out about the many benefits fiber brings, all in a relaxed atmosphere of fun.”

Smithville technicians and internet experts will be on hand June 3rd at the Jasper Middle School to make presentations about the benefits of fiber and other Smithville services. The fair is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. on Saturday and conclude at 5 p.m., rain or shine.

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The Jasper Middle School is located at 3600 N Portersville Rd, Jasper, IN 47546.

About Smithville Fiber and Smithville Communications – Nationally recognized as a Top 100 Broadband Company, privately owned Smithville Fiber is Indiana’s largest independent telecom company with more than 140 employees. With an earned reputation as a communications technology innovator, Smithville is presently deploying Fiber-to-the-Premise (FTTP) and other enhanced fiber services to its business and residential customers. These services, which range up to 10o Gbps for enterprise operations, provide a platform for the fastest connectivity available in Indiana to business, institutions and consumers. The company develops the Smithville GigaCityTM technology platform and provides fiber-based connectivity, data consulting, network management and managed services for businesses, university campuses, biotechnology companies, healthcare providers, government offices, residential centers, communities, and other entities, including Jasper and Bloomington (Indiana). Smithville also manages a legacy copper communication network in rural south central Indiana, and began a system-wide effort to upgrade rural capacity with a fiber-to-the-cabinet initiative in 2014. The company currently serves about 23,000 businesses and residences in southern and central Indiana. For more information, please visit